Ian Dunbar

Thesis Title:  Making Sense of Fregean Sense

Research Interests:  Philosophy of Language, Frege, Language and Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, Objective Morality.

Supervisors:  Dr Stephen McLeod, Professor Richard Gaskin.

Backstory:  I am carrying out part-time PhD research, in my retirement.  As of now (October 2018)  I am starting my third half-year of six.  My original subject was theoretical physics, being awarded a D Phil at Oxford, in 1977.  While at Oxford I also developed a strong interest in philosophy, and was hugely influenced by Dummett’s monumental work: Frege, Philosophy of Language.  I maintained that interest, and a parallel obsession with the interpretation of quantum mechanics, in the years that followed, while doing my day job. When I retired in 2014, I started a part-time MA at Liverpool University, my dissertation title being: Fregean Reference and Ontology.  I graduated with the MA in July 2017.  In 2016, I started my PhD, also at Liverpool and also on matters Fregean.  In 2018 I was awarded an AHRC grant to cover the remaining four half-years of this research.